Today marks 11 years I've been on LJ. Wow. The site (and my use of it) has changed tremendously in that time. I originally joined in order to be more active in the Buffy fandom community, then lost interest in that fandom, then lost interest in actively participating in any fandom at all, and ended up using LJ almost exclusively as a place to write about my daily life and thoughts, interacting with local and distant friends (old and new) on a nearly daily basis. Now, I still write, though not as often, but my "friends" list contains almost exclusively fandom-related stuff, which no longer interests me much.
Funny. The reason I came here is now almost all that remains, but I no longer value it, and what I came to value is mostly no longer here.
I've been having some digestion issues since starting taking the Saphris (to treat the hypomania as well as the chronic anxiety), so I sat down to look up possible side-effects tonight. It turns out that Saphris can cause high blood sugar (and resultant diabetes), which would be dangerous with my kidney disease.
The sites I was looking at advised regular blood sugar checks for people who are overweight and taking Saphris.
When last we spoke, my nephrologist had told me that she didn't expect my kidney disease to worsen by any significant amount as long as everything stays the same as it is now, but rising blood sugar would be a very significant example of things not staying the same. So I emailed her to ask if she is okay with me taking Saphris, and if so could I please have my blood sugar tested (with the rest of my kidney-related blood tests) before my next appointment with her (in December).
I'll also talk to my non-evil meds doc (if the nephrologist says it's okay with her that I continue taking Saphris) to request regular blood draws to check my blood sugar. I don't want to take any more chances with my kidneys than I already have. And I'm not just going to sit by and trust that my docs are getting the necessary tests and interpreting them without really discussing them with me. I've had enough of that to last a lifetime.
In other news, Shannon and I have been avidly watching the first season of "Downton Abbey" on DVD from Netflix the past week or two. Neither of us was very impressed with the first episode, because it seemed a bit too soap opera-ish, but we've grown increasingly engrossed as it goes on. It's set during a rather pivotal time in the social history in England (1912), when the relationship between servants and aristocrats was changing, as well as the opportunities open to women. In the first episode, the characters seemed rather one-dimensional, but that has definitely changed. Some characters are still painted with a pretty broad brush (Anna and Mr. Bates seem rather angelic, while Thomas and Mrs. O'Brien seem like simply terrible, nigh-unto-evil people), but most of the others have developed interesting nuances. (I'm becoming increasingly fond of Mary, for example, despite her significant flaws.) I'm looking forward to more.
I keep seeing parallels to other famous British stories, such as the television series "Upstairs, Downstairs" and Kazuo Ishiguro's novel The Remains of the Day, and I have to imagine that these parallels are very purposeful, but I'm not familiar enough with British popular culture to necessarily get all the references.
In other other news, I am doing my darnedest to get over a lingering cold that has rendered me rather more phlegmatic than I would prefer. But it doesn't bother me too terribly much … 'cause I'm phlegmatic. Ha.